Neville Eugenton Staple (born 11 April 1955) is a Jamaican born
English singer for the two-tone ska band,
The Specials as well as his
own combo, The
Neville Staple Band. He also sang with
Ranking Roger in
1 Early life
2 The Specials
3 Fun Boy Three
4 Third wave
5 Solo career
6 Original Rude Boy
7 Solo discography
7.2 Compilations and guest appearances
9 External links
Staple was born in Manchester, Jamaica. Neville left
Jamaica to live
in the English town of
Rugby, Warwickshire at the age of five but
later moved to Coventry. He was initially active in the sound system
scene, forming his own crew called "Jah Baddis". Neville was a regular
fixture at the Locarno ballroom in
Coventry where he met the resident
DJ there, Pete Waterman. Pete wrote the foreword to Neville's
biography – "Original Rude Boy" – and briefly managed The
Neville's first involvement with
The Specials was when they were still
Coventry Automatics, prior to Terry Hall and John
Bradbury's entrance. He initially joined as their roadie but at a gig
supporting The Clash, Neville took to the stage and never looked back.
For a while,
The Specials were managed by The Clash's manager Bernard
Rhodes of whom Neville toasted "Bernie Rhodes knows don't argue" at
the beginning of the Specials hit single "Gangsters".
Neville sang lead vocals on some tracks or additional and backing
vocals alongside Terry Hall's lead. His early vocal style was mostly
toasting or chanting over a rhythm. A forerunner of rapping which was
brought to Britain in the 1960s by musicians from Jamaica. Neville
honed his toasting skills on the sound system scene in
the 1970s, on his cousin's 'Messenger Sound' then later his own system
called 'Jah Baddis'. He also began singing with the Specials and
contributed to many of their songs writings, although rarely got
credit. When he joined the
Coventry Automatics, the line up already
included Jerry Dammers,
Horace Panter and Silverton Hutchinson on
drums. Terry Hall subsequently came in as vocalist, replacing Tim
Roddy Radiation on lead guitar. John Bradbury would
later take over on drums from Silverton. Neville participated in a
reunion line up of
The Specials from 1993 to 2001, and again from 2009
to 2012, when he left the band due to mostly personal reasons, as well
as some health concerns.
Fun Boy Three
The Specials split up, Neville departed with Terry Hall and
Lynval Golding, to form Fun Boy Three. They had a string of chart
hits, some in collaboration with the all-female trio Bananarama.
In 1990, Staple joined
Ranking Roger from The Beat to form Special
Beat, a revival group playing hits from both former two-tone bands.
This was in response to the huge explosion of interest in ska in the
United States, the so-called "Third Wave" of ska. Neville moved to
California in the 1990s to work with many of these new American ska
acts. Bands he collaborated with included No Doubt, Rancid and
Unwritten Law. Neville also featured on the song "Explosive" by the
Canadian ska band, The Planet Smashers.
In 2000, Staple's re-recordings of hits by
The Specials and Fun Boy
Three were released as The Very Best of the Specials and Fun Boy
Three, though without being prominently labelled as a solo work by
Neville worked for many years in the US with various bands and also
with The Hitmen, including providing a soundtrack for the movie,
'Vampires Anonymous' and extensive touring.
In 2004, Neville returned to the UK and formed "The Neville Staple
Band", releasing the critically acclaimed album The Rude Boy
Returns, with contributions from Clash guitar man Mick Jones and
Damned drummer Rat Scabies, with Flipron's Joe Atkinson's on organ.
The group featured former members of the British ska band Bad Manners
with Warren Middleton (Trombone) - later replaced by Spencer Hague)
Stephen Armstrong (Bass Guitar) Joe Atkinson (from Flipron,
Keyboards/Organ) and Matty Bane (Drums) Billy Shinbone (Guitar)
Patrick Pretorius (from
The Talks - occasionally deps on drums). Andy
Perriss (Guitar & MD) - Who in Dec 2013, decided to leave the band
after more than 12 years, returned to the music business in 2016 after
a short break to join The Beat (feat. Ranking Roger) Billy Shinbone
succeeded Andy on guitar in 2014. . Neville's wife/manager
Christine Sugary Staple began performing with the band from 2015/16.
Since 2004, Neville has relentlessly toured the UK, Europe, The Middle
East, Australia & New Zealand with his own band, as well as
several successful tours and shows alongside
Ranking Roger of The Beat
and Pauline Black of
The Selecter as
Special Beat and Legends of Ska.
He also helped to launch the career of Johnny Zee (aka Taz of Stereo
Nation) of Bollywood music fame, after managing and producing for him
early on. Neville produced and released The Rudeboy Returns album the
In 2013 Neville produced a new album called '
Ska Crazy' with his band
for release May 2014, which includes old ska classic covers and brand
new material. His wife Christine Staple and long time friend Daddy
Woody, a Jamaican DJ/Artist, also provide vocals on the album.
Neville has also worked on various collaborations with 'The Mutants'
(Rhythm and Punk Review) including co-writing 4 tracks on the album
– (one of them co-written with his wife Christine), 'The Talks'
Flipron as well as tracks with 'The Dub Pistols' (release 2014)
In 2015 Neville produced 'Rudegirl Sounds' by Christine Sugary Staple
as well as began more production projects including a new album with
his band other musician friends.
In 2016 onwards, Neville has continued to collaborate with other
artists, including Save Ferris, The Rifffs, Jessy Greene, Save Ferris
and Ed Rome; and has toured extensively across the UK, Europe,
Australia and will tour Hong Kong and the US in 2017-2018. His latest
album 'Return of Judge Roughneck' was released in Feb 2017 and was
co-produced with Tom Lowry from Planet Studios and wife Christine
Sugary Staple, who also co-writes and performs songs with Neville. The
lead track video was premiered by Vive Le Rock Magazine and the album
received rave reviews.
Neville Staple recreated his famous Judge
Roughneck character, first seen as part of the ‘Stupid Marriage’
song from the Specials debut album on 2Tone Records. The album
includes classic Jamaican early reggae tunes, ska stomping rhythms and
new tracks with echoes of 2Tone and Bluebeat mixed with Trojan music
styles. Part 2 of the album is a dub journey with atmospheric vibes,
toasting fun and twisted song versions. Another joint album with
Christine Sugary Staple is due to be released later in 2017/18 which
includes collaborations with other artists, including Roddy
'Radiation' Byers (former band mate of The Specials).
Original Rude Boy
In April 2009,
Neville Staple set out on a reunion tour with The
Specials. The same month also saw the launch of his
Original Rude Boy published by Aurum Press. The book covers
Neville's involvement with the 1970s sound system scene and childhood
in Jamaica. Then how a chance encounter with
Jerry Dammers and The
Specials led to his involvement in that band and Fun Boy Three.
Neville collaborated with former
BBC journalist Tony McMahon on the
book and both are registered with the Blake Friedmann literary
1994 – Skanktastic (Six-song EP) (Moon Records)
2000 – Ghost Town: 13 Hits of the Specials and Fun Boy Three
(Anagram – Cherry Red Records)
Neville Staple from the Specials (525 Music Production)
Ska Au Go-Go (as "
Special Skank Ft. Neville Staple")
2004 – The Rude Boy Returns (Rude Boy Records)
2005 – The Rude Boy Returns:
Neville Staple Live (DVD) (Asian Man
Ska Crazy (Cleopatra)
2017 - Return of Judge Roughneck & Dub Specials (Cleopatra)
Compilations and guest appearances
The Sound of Ska
Toasting on "The Sound of
"Rude Boy De Ponporbation (007)" credited to "
Neville Staple aka Judge
Roughneck"; "Why?" and "Wear You to the Ball" credited to Neville
Lynval Golding (both tracks actually Specials/Fun Boy Three
The Soup Dragons
Toasting on "Rest in Peace", joined by
Lynval Golding on guitar.
Guerra Sound Records
Appears on "Black Market man"
Off the Wall, Volume IV - A Collection Of Vans' Music
"Mess With Me" credited to
Neville Staple & The Hitmen
DJ vocal on "Evolution"
Vampires Anonymous (Soundtrack)
"Working Hard", "What Can I Do", "Take A Look at Me", "Pressure Drop"
Neville Staple & The Hitmen (all songs written by
Neville Staple and Miles Woodroffe except "Pressure Drop"). Neville
also cameos in the film.
Appears on & co-wrote the track "Explosive"
The Dawning of a New Era (Mojo May 2008)
"Gangsters" credited to Neville Staple
Vocal on "Can Stand The Rain"
Tiny Dog Records
Vocal on "The Comet Returns"
Return of the Pistoleros
Vocal on "New Sound"
Death of Guitar Pop
Ska Club Essex
Also makes an appearance in the music video 
^ Mark Deming "
Neville Staple - Discography" "AllMusic.com" Retrieved
Oct. 30, 2017
^  Archived 4 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
^  Archived 29 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
^  Archived 16 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
^ "Grapevine". The Specials. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
Bananarama – The Official Website". bananarama.co.uk. Archived
from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
^ "The Ultimate Punk Music Store!". Interpunk.com. Retrieved 19 June
^ Jo-Ann Greene. "The Rude Boy Returns – Neville Staple :
Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 June
^ "6 Music –
The Specials reunion". BBC. Retrieved 19 June
^ "UK England Coventry/Warwickshire
Ska band confirms reunion
BBC News. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
The Specials reunite for 2009 tour News". Nme.Com. 2 December
2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
^ "Book Clients: Neville Staple". Blake Friedmann. Archived from the
original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
^ Paul Williams; You're Wondering Now:
The Specials from Conception To
Reunion – Part Two "Neville Staple" and "Lynval Golding" chapters
Neville Staple on IMDb
Rolling Stone article on Neville and Third Wave
Neville Staple book signing in Birmingham – May, 2009
Neville Staple Band on Facebook
Nikolaj Torp Larsen
In the Studio
Guilty 'til Proved Innocent!
Blue Plate Specials Live
Ghost Town Live
Too Much Too Young
"A Message to You, Rudy"
"Too Much, Too Young"